Merry Christmas!

Today for Christmas Elder Osborne was able to bear his testimony to us in person.  We’re sharing it here so you can be touched by his spirit just as we were.  Merry Christmas everyone!

I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and He was sent to guide us back to our Father in Heaven. I know that through Jesus Christ, through His Atonement, that we can return back to God. I know that Jesus Christ’s Gospel has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that through the Gospel we can all change. I know that the Gospel is for sinners as well as for the saints so we can all be edified. I know that this Gospel is true. And because the Gospel is true, I know the Church is true. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that through the Book of Mormon we can learn of truth and we can learn the fulness of the Gospel. I know that we are able to make sacred covenants with God and with our families so we can all return to God. I know that Christ lives. And I don’t need to know anything else. Because of the fact that He lives, we can live with God for eternity. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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Semana 16: Flat tires and all that jazz

Hola!!!

So, finding investigators is very difficult. Our mission has a thing called “4 by Thursday, and 7 by Sunday”, as well as a program called “Family at 5 Friday.” We only hit both of those goals two weeks ago. This week we found some people who were “elect” for 5 hours, and then they texted us and dropped us. Not fun at all. So, we are back into square one; finding people to teach!

In our mission, door approach starts with a prayer. After the prayer, if they feel the spirit, we have a scale of electness before we actually start teaching them. We start off by inviting them to be baptized, which shows a desire to make covenants. We then set up a return appointment, which shows that they desire to learn how to change (we focus the lessons on change and repentance before baptism. The details are taught after baptism). We then commit them to come to church, which shows they are committed to act. It is called the 1-2-3 Scale of Electness. If they fail in any of these three categories, they aren’t ready yet and we do not go back. We give them an official baptism date by the second lesson.

The people we found whole-heartedly accepted all three things: baptism and a return appointment and church, which qualified them to be elect investigators. But then by the end of they day they had called or texted us saying that they were no longer interested in the message and that they didn’t want us to come back.  People do that a lot, actually.

I have all of my skill points into teaching, but I have none in door-knocking endurance (we have a knocking requirement of at least 1 hour every day, we can do more if we desire). Elder Allred has more skill points into door approaches than teaching, and so we have been using that to our advantage. Still, we are not finding any keepers.

My story for the week: We went to an area that was far away from our home and from our next appointments. We finished up our knocking and went to see an investigator. They canceled on us, and so we went to the car to go finding near our next appointment. As I back Elder Allred out, I see that one of our tires is flat! Like, no air left! Just rubber!

We pull into the closest guest spot (this was at an apartment complex), and call our Vehicle Coordinator. He started to walk us through it, but then we realize that…we do not have the lug-nut wrench! It was missing! So, we did the best thing we could do: knock doors for help. The problem was that we had just finished our knocking at that complex. Everyone knew we were Mormon missionaries, and that we were knocking on their door less than a half hour earlier. And so they did what most people would do: they didn’t answer or they yelled at us through the door. One person answered their door, but they didn’t have the wrench. We finally pinned someone down in the parking lot, and he was kind enough to give us his wrench (we did return it). I did most of the work on the tire because…well…I insisted. It was my first real time being a “grease monkey.” Here is a tip: Turn on your E-Brake before you jack up the car. Elder Allred forgot to, and so the car rolled back and got the jack stuck sideways. We had to lower it as far as it could go to get it out and start over again. It took us 45-60 minutes to change it, but it was freaking awesome!

Not much else happened. Have a great week guys!

Con Amor,

Elder Osborne

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Feliz Navidad! Us with Bishop and “Sister Bishop” 🙂

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Finding where to put the jack.

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Jacking up the car.

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What an adventure.

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My comp taking selfies while I work.

 

 

Semana 15: Family Matters

Hola mi familia y mis amigos! (At times, I wonder if they got the idea for Jar Jar from Spanish, simply because I’ve heard so many Latinos say “Mis-a”…)

I am really glad that I was “born” into the ward I am in now; although we are in an English ward, white people are the minority. We have lots of Haitians and Latinos that prefer English, and so I get to have the best of both worlds. It is a great place to be trained. Still, I would like a pure Spanish area so I am more absorbed in the language.

I heard a really great talk this week from an LDS businessman and Motivational Speaker named Hyrum Smith. This is probably one of the best motivational talks that I have heard in my LIFE! It is called “The Belief Window.”  He lists out a diagram of why people behave a certain way. It is a short talk, but it is amazing! If you want someone to help explain how to change your thought process or behavior, listen to this talk! (This is a great attitude changer outside of the scriptures, of course. This helps magnify what is taught in the scriptures). Another one of my favorites that he did was “Why 1820”, in the which he describes why (logically and historically) a restoration could not have possibly happened before 1820. It is really interesting.

It has been a little over 3 months since I have entered the MTC and started my mission. And BOY has it been the hardest 3 months of my life! I have never pushed myself so hard in all of my life, especially physically, mentally, and emotionally. However, I would not ever give the past 3 months back. They were, so far, the best 3 months of my life, and the best 3 months for my life. I have learned so much, and I have sweat so much. I had laughed so much, and I have cried so much–about 1/4 was from laughing so hard!     XD      I still am working on changing myself to be a better missionary, but I have changed so much that you would not recognize me if you just saw my attitude change. I still hate mornings, but I love everything else (like Chobani…Ginger Ale…Jarritos…Latino food…Horchatas…and the people that we meet every day.) I never thought I would have so much fun doing work, especially in talking to people. I said last week that I have met every religion but Hindu. I have now met two Hindus in the past week. I have actually not met any Satanists yet, and now that I say that I will probably meet 5 this week. We’ve meet some really funny people out here in the mission.

Extra Cosas: This area is interesting. We have been living with another set of missionaries (Elder Wilhite and Hanson) since the beginning of last transfer. Elder Wilhite and I get along the best out of everyone in the house because we talk about the nerdy stuff like Star Wars (90% of our conversations), the Dark Crystal, Batman vs. Superman stuff that his parents told him about (which sounds even more awesome!), favorite comic heroes and villains, etc.  We do have a lot of fun together, though. It’s like having Uncles.

There is not a lot of other things that have happened. I love you all and can’t wait to share the adventures that happen this next week!

Elder Osborne

PS.  I don’t have any pictures for this week.  Sorry!

Christmas for Elder Osborne

The books are almost ready to go!  If you haven’t emailed us yet and would like to have your testimony included for Elder Osborne, we would love to have a few more, but we need everything by TOMORROW, DECEMBER 12.  Everything goes in the mail on Monday!  We would love your help to make his first Christmas in Florida special! IMG_2487

Semana 14: Rain for days!

Nothing much has happened since last week. After Anci was baptized, he moved from our “Progressing Investigators” pool to our “Less Active/Recent Converts” pool. Our investigator pool went from 1 to 0, and so we spent a ton of this week finding. We didn’t find that many people this week that were interested in even a prayer, so…yeah no mucho esta semana.

It rained a ton this week! Like, we got text messages saying ” be careful of flooding” IN FLORIDA! It rained for 3 days straight! I got some pictures of it.

Fun stuff; I got to play an Organ Last Night!!! YAYAYAY!!!!! We went to one of our churches to see the Christmas Devotional, but no one was there (it turns out that the Elders in that church changed their plans last minute and did not tell us.) So, while we waited, I got to play a few songs on the organ.  I don’t think I did it right, but I made it through “Silent Night” and “Nearer, My God, To Thee” with both keyboards and the foot pedals. I am so happy right now!     😀   😀   😀

That is about it for this week. We do not have many pictures this week because of the amount of rain.  We were basically swimming in the rain, but President Richardson said that it wasn’t swimming, so we are still keeping the rules.     😉

Con mucho amor,

Elder Osborne

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Rainy days!